It's that time of year when you'll go to any length to avoid germs. Keep the flu and other seasonal illnesses at bay by consulting your smartphone first for any local outbreaks. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on apps and sites that track the flu.
Google's annual Flu Trends metric was wildly off last year. But scientists were able to leverage the company's data to design a far more successful system.
Prototype microneedle patch under study by the CDC is well received by early testers. Imagine picking up a flu vaccine at the pharmacy and administering it in the comfort of your home.
Vaccines; crowdsourcing apps to report your symptoms; calling a doc instead of going to the hospital.... Individuals benefit, yes, but the masses even more so.
Researchers find that those who received five text messages every week about the importance of flu shots were 30 percent more likely to get one than those who only received phone calls.
Scientists develop an influenza vaccine delivered by a microneedle patch that patients could easily and painlessly self-administer.
Researchers miniaturize a more expensive diagnostic test into a single-use microfluidic chip roughly the size of a miscroscope slide.
Track the germy spread of influenza with a social-media map of tweets and videos complaining of symptoms and outbreaks.
The overall flu vaccination rate remains low, but researchers say reminders by text will soon become the norm.
Computer scientists find that monitoring microblogging services such as Twitter is more effective and less expensive than the old-fashioned "syndromic surveillance" approach in predicting outbreaks.